There are many milestones that your tiny bundle of joy will reach. And as parents, we want that transition to be smooth and painless. Growing a first tooth is a very exciting and important time in your baby’s 1st year, but it can often be a bit challenging and a bit of a mystery. So today we are going to take some of the mystery out of it. Here are the top 3 questions we get asked the most:
- When should I expect the first tooth to come in?
When your baby is born, they are already growing their first 20 teeth below the gums. We expect the first tooth to cut through the gums between 6 to 10 months. The first two teeth are typically the lower front 2 teeth followed by the upper 2 front teeth. Below is a chart to show the average tooth eruption time frame. Please know that some babies are earlier and others are late bloomers.
- What symptoms can I expect?
The teething process can often be painful for your baby. Common Symptoms include irritability, swollen gums and soreness, constant and excessive drooling, and sleep disruptions. We recommend the following tips to help ease the discomfort for your baby.
- Offer cold foods and beverages (frozen bananas, apples, or carrots)
- Provide cold teething rings or pacifier, or allow your baby to suck on a clean, cold moist cloth
- Rub your baby’s gums gently with your finger, or a cold spoon
- Dry the drool off of your baby’s face often, so that it does not cause a facial rash
- Give your baby extra cuddles!!
- When should I bring in my baby for a dental checkup?
First, if you see any concerns that need to be addressed, bring in your infant as soon as possible. Dr. Morse recommends that you bring the tiny tots in with you for your dental cleaning appointments, for a “fun visit”, starting at age 2. By the age of 3, we encourage children to start their own regular dental check ups!!